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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY Government criticizes group on car seat study WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal safety official says a consumer group is misleading the public by criticizing child safety scats when in fact they are the “single most effective safety device ever developed for an automobile.” Page 11A CHS takes 1st & 2nd at own tournament For the local high school basketball teams, the 1989 Canyon Classic was a complete success. The host Cougarcttcs won the girls bracket with Smithson Valley second, while the Canyon boys placed second and New Braunfels third. See Page 13A New Braunfels Youngsters send wishes to the North Pole Local second graders have forwarded their letters to Santa Claus to the llerald-Zeiiung so others can see what’s on their wish lists before the letters arc sent to the jolly fat man at the North Pole. See Page 1B - Vol. 138, No. 26 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Sunday December 17, 1989 50 Cents Three Sections, 46 Pages ^oodDoy Emergency district denied • at . ny A frigid cold front which settled in the arca brings with it a 40 percent chance of light rain or sleet changing to light rain this afternoon. No freezing precipitation is expected to accumulate. Highs will be in the upper 30s and the wind northeast at IO mph. Tonight will be cloudy and not quite as cold with a 20 percent chance of rain and a low of 33 degrees. Monday should bring mostly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of rain and a hjgh in the upper 40’s. Utou^LAxrC. ahu. aJscJht, UrC'Us Atilt Ie. cX&XL. C$\f\Mlk/YYUX4^, © 19?J UmlM F«tute Syndicate inc Voters downed a proposed emergency services district for a portion of Comal County Saturday by a 53-votc margin of 338 against and 285 in favor of the proposal. County Clerk Rosie Boscnbury said the votes will be canvassed and become official Thursday during the Comal County Commissioners Court. The proposal had been touted as a means to upgrade and improve equipment and services for residents in portions of County Commissioner Precincts I and 4. lf passed, a taxing district would have formed to provide a stable tax base upon which volunteer ambulance and fire services in the rural arca could build a budget. Proponents of the proposed district said the volunteer services in that arca needed to buy new equipment and hire full-time regular employees in order to protect persons and property there. They noted that money received from Comal County each year was not enough to keep operations updated and reliable. Additional funding for the services relied on membership dues, donations, and fund-raising events. Larry Ratliff, president of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department, said population in the arca was growing at a rapid rate and volunteer emergency service organizations arc strained lo the limit to provide protection. Estimates show that up to 10,(XX) persons live in the area which would have been affected. A tax of from 3 to 10 cents per $ I (X) valuation could have been imposed on property in the area and some estimates said the actual tax imposed initially would have been about 4 cents per SKX), making property valued at $50,(XX) cost S20 per year. Critics of the proposal said once the district had been formed, residents would have little or no say in the amount of future tax increases. Some said taxing property for an emergency services district was a hidden tax increase and, because the organizations already receive Comal County tax money, the measure would mean double taxation. Man convicted in taped beating 8 shopping days to Christmas Inside: BUSINESS...................................6A CITY PAGE ........................12A CLASSIFIED........................10-13B COMICS..........................8B.10-16C CROSSWORD...........................11A DEAR ABBY...............................9A EDUCATION................................6B ENTERTAINMENT.......................9A KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-4B OPINIONS....................................4A SPORTS...............................13-15A TV LISTINGS...........................1-9C WEATHER...................................2A CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — A New Braunfels man was sentenced to six years in prison for the videotaped assault of a former girlfriend. Jesse Valdez Rojas was found guilty Thursday of aggravated assault. In addition to the six-year sentence, jurors recommended a $5,(XX> fine, plus $KX),(KX) restitution to the victim. Rojas, 41, had claimed thai the victim, Trisha Moore, attacked him first and that he suffered adjustment problems arising from a combat tour in Vietnam. During the trial before State District Judge Manuel Banalcs, jurors were shown a videoing Rojas made that showed him kicking a handcuffed, partly shaved woman who was crying for help and begging him not to hit her. The beating occurred last August in a room at a Corpus Christi motel. fas. Moore testified she thought Rojas, who she had known for five months, was “a very honest, sincere, kind person, someone who had his life in order.” On the night of the beating, however, she said Rojas “twisted my body around.... My face and forehead he rammed into the cement floor... at the same time placing handcuffs on me and telling mc I was under arrest for assault of a federal agent.” Rojas also wrapped her face in duct tape and shaved part of her head, she testified. Rojas testified, however, that Moore went to his room at the hotel and, when he opened the door, lunged at him and threatened to kill him. Sheriff’s lieutenant stammtisch running for JP seat Eden Home Inc. invites the public to share the holiday spirit with the residents of Eden Home this afternoon. The home is hosting the First Protestant Church Choir and the Covenant Players. The choir will participate in the Advent Chapel Service at 2:30 p.m. The Covenant Players, an international repertory theater dedicated to preaching the word of Christ, will perform at 3:15 p.m. in the Eden Home Main Dining Room... Don’t forget today’s performances of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 10:50 a.m. and 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Dr. J. Bert Neely of Southwest Texas State University is directing the production. JoAnn Lemmon is organist..., Every Monday and T uesday, Colonial Manor is offering care givers who have loved ones at home some time off (and that could be a blessing the week before Christmas). If you care for your elderly loved ones at home and need time to shop, run errands, or just rest, your loved one may participate in Oma and Opa Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The service is free. Just call the center at 625-7526 Monday through Friday and ask for Administrator Joy Corry or Director of Social Activities Iris Bowden to register. There is no limit to the number of times Oma and Opa may participate, the only requirement is that they register each time before they come because space is limited.... If you’re looking for a special holiday gift and would like to help out a worthy cause at die same lime, don’t forget the McKenna Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, which has a large selection of gift items. All profits at die shop are used by the Hospital Auxiliary to help provide the best possible health care facility. Visit the gift shop any weekday between 9 a.m. and 7 pm.... SM STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2A Rudy Rubio, a lieutenant at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, has announced his candidacy for Precinct I Justice of the Peace on the Democratic ticket. Rubio said he intends to be a full-* lime Justice of the Peace anil plans to begin “an open-door policy” at that office. Rubio said he means to be highly available and visible to the citizens he serves. “I pledge to the people of Precinct I and Comal County to implement an open-door policy lo answer any questions people may have in any situation,” Rubio said, “I want to be a fulltime Justice of the Peace, having no outside interests to distract mc. And, if I don’t know the answers, I’ll know where lo find them.” Rubio said the duties of the job include anything from an acting as an inquest coroner to overseeing small claims court to issuing warrants and even performing wedding ceremonies. “I want to do more than that. I claim the citizens as priority one,” Rubio said. He said the ongoing war against drugs will take a high priority in his plans to better serve the people of his precinct and Comal County. “The big push is on fighting drugs. I have personally been involved in fighting the drug problems of Comal County for the past 11 years and pledge to continue fighting the battle in the courtroom when Pm elected,” Rubio said. Rubio noted Ins background experience as tangible qualifications and his concern for the welfare of people as another factor in his eligibility to be Santa Claus made a surprise visit to the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club Saturday as the club treated several area youngsters to an early morning meal and shopping spree in the downtown area. Juan Sanchez was just one of the children who received stockings as Santa brought good tidings to the breakfast (Photo by Desmond Bostick) Official blames bad banking for failure Rudy Rubio Justice of the Peace. “I feel that with the experience I have investigating homicides, suicides or questionable deaths, the experience I have in criminal courts, my extensive knowledge of search and arrest warrants, I will be an extremely effective Justice of die Peace for all die people of Comal See RUBIO, Page 2A Hazardous banking practices killed the Canyon Lake Bank, according to a spokesman at the Texas Banking Department. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation closed the bank at Saltier and a branch office at Smithson Valley at 3 p.m. Dec. 14. The Saltier branch was reopened at 9 a.rn. Dec. 15, under the name of Victoria Bank and Trust-Canyon Lake. The Smithson Valley branch will not be re-opcncd. Victoria Bank and T rust Regional Director T.L. Walker will assume responsibility at the Saltier location after the EDIC declared Canyon Lake Bank insolvent. All accounts at bod] locations of the bank have been protected, according to Cheryl Bennett of the EDIC. The EDIC paid more than S12 million to Victoria Bank and Trust to assume responsibility of the insolvent bank. A recent examination conducted by the Banking Commission office of Kenneth Littlefield identified loan losses due to hazardous and liberal lending practices, inefficient sujvrvi-sion of loans by the bank’s board of directors and self-serving credit to board members and entities related lo owners of the bonk, according to the spokesman. In addition, losses of agricultural concerns and loans to real estate in the area were factors in closing the bank, the Blinking Department said. Shoppers urged not to become another statistic By MIKE CROUCH Staff writer Christmastime is the prime time for would-bc burglars, with more people coming and going and keeping more valuables in their homes and automobiles, and New Braunfels city officials are asking people to not become another burglary statistic. Burglary statistics this month are not unusual, bul are still a problem for the community. So far tilts month there have been 27 burglaries of homes and businesses in the city, according to police records. Tile December average for burglaries is 38; this December’s figure is expected to be higher. “December is one of the higher months for burglaries because there are more targets,” said Don Ferguson, director of the Safe City Commission. See CRIME, Page 2A All a loan Bankers group surveying public on home equity lending Texas is the only slate in the coml try dial does not allow a homeowner to take out a loan against die equity of his house, but die Texas Bankers Association is trying to change all dial. TBA representatives are traveling die state informing people about the home equity loans, and hope to drum up enough supjxirt to propose an amendment to the Texas Constitution lo die legislature in 1991. Alan R Wilson, vice president of the Fust City Bank in Corpus Christi, was in New Braunfels Thursday making die IB A’s pilch to local bankers .md financiers. See LOANS, Page 2A Area’s needy families benefit from Cheer Fund contributions Christmas baskets for the eighth annual New Braunfels Herald-Ae hung Cheer Fund will soon be packed up for delivery but the fund will continue to accept donations to pay for die goodies. Tile fund’s goal is lo raise contributions to fill baskets with Christmas dinner for 2(X) area families selected by the Community Service Center. Any monies not used liiis year w ill be used to start next year’s drive. The administrative costs arc paid by the newspaper and volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association arid Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide the labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each year. Each year since 1982, the newspaper has sponsored the drive to provide a Chrisunas dinner lo the less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. That first year, the drive netted $1,807.70 and spent $1,260 to provide baskets to 60 families. Hie drive has grown and now provides baskets lo 2(K) families in the area. This year, a goal of at least $5,(XX) has been set to buy die goodies to fill those baskets. All of the tax-deductible contributions are used to purchase the Ad*"' H»,a food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the Herald Ae Hung and community volunteers. In die past, contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each year. lins year, a balance of $1,033.67 kicked off the annual drive. The Herald Aeitung w ill publish '-T/V    *• the names of contributors to the Cheer Fund each day. Donations are lax deductible and nay be made at the newspaper office at 707 Landa. For more information or to arrange for pickup of donations, call Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144. The fund total today is $5,063.89 w ith donations from: See CHEER, Page 2A The breakfast club * * ;